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Strong earthquake strikes southern Philippines, claims 6 lives

  • A strong earthquake in the southern Philippines claimed at least six lives while more than 120 were injured. The officials are combing through debris to check on the other possible casualties. An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude roused residents late Friday in Surigao del Norte province, compelling hundreds of people to move out of their homes.

    The tremor was centered about 16 kilometers northwest of Surigao at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers, said Renato Solidum from the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology.

    The officials said that close to 100 aftershocks have been felt. Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that the officials were continuing to gauge the damage in capital Surigao and nearby towns.

    At least six people have been killed, mostly after being struck by falling debris and walls. Close to 126 others were injured in Surigao, where the earthquake led to power cut and closure of the domestic airport given the deep cracks in its runway.

    In Surigao’s downtown area, the facade of several buildings was severely damaged, with debris falling on parked cars and visible cracks on the roads.

    Philippines is positioned in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where quakes and volcanoes are usual affair.

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